Karen Horney's Psychoanalytic Approach

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The Psychoanalytic Approach: Karen Horney’s Theories Karen Horney-Danielson was born in Hamburg, Germany on September 16, 1885. Karen was the second child to her parents, having an older brother, Berndt. Karen Horney, throughout years of accredited study and qualitative research, enlightened today’s views of neurotics and the affect of particular parenting styles on child development while establishing more positive views towards women in the field of Psychology. Karen suffered many battles throughout her life which consisted of sever depression and family problems. One of Karen’s first documented problems was when she was nine years old. When she was nine, Karen went into a severe depression, which is said to have started with being rejected by a crush of Karen’s. Her depression continued into her early teenage years. One source states that at this time, Karen also began to become very rebellious and ambitious. Karen did not see herself as a very beautiful or talented girl so she then leaned to her studies as a partial comfort. Karen succeeded in school and did very well in most everything that she attempted. Shortly after being accepted to a college, Karen married the man that she had fallen in love with, Oskar Horney. Oskar was a law student that she met in college. Shortly after being married Karen gave birth to her first daughter. Shortly following the birth of Karen’s new daughter, however, was the death of her beloved mother. Karen, later in life had and additional two daughters in whom she loved and cherished very much. Karen, however, still found some depression lingering in her life. Karen leaned to one of her favorite parts of life, her studies. Karen was constantly desiring and absorbing new and interesting knowledge. Karen had always taken interest in psychology, and as her life became more stressful, she began to pursue more studies and

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